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Why is 'Lord of the Flies' banned (or challenged)?


Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Penguin Group


Why is Lord of the Flies so controversial? Was it banned? Challenged? Why would the book be removed from circulation?

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Lord of the Flies is one of the novels for which William Golding is best remembered (it was a bestseller, and it's a popular book for young-adult reading). The book is also among the most frequently banned and challenged books, according to the American Library Association. The reasons for the challenges are well-known (and often used to ban other books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye: inappropriate/vulgar language and behavior by young boy--including violent tendencies in Lord of the Flies.

Here are a few locations where Lord of the Flies was challenged:
  • Dallas, TX Independent School District (1974)
  • Sully Buttes, SD High School (1981)
  • Owen, NC High School (1981) "demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal."
  • Marana, AZ High School (1983) "inappropriate reading assignment"
  • Olney, TX Independent School District (1984) "excessive violence and bad language."
  • Toronto, Canada Board of Education (1988) "racist"
  • Waterloo, IA schools (1992) "profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women and the disabled"
  • Bloomfield, NY (2000)
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